Reconstructing eight decades of genetic variation in an isolated Danish population of the large blue butterfly Maculinea arion

@inproceedings{Ugelvig2011ReconstructingED,
  title={Reconstructing eight decades of genetic variation in an isolated Danish population of the large blue butterfly Maculinea arion},
  author={Line V Ugelvig and Per Sieverts Nielsen and Jacobus J Boomsma and David R Nash},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2011}
}
Fragmentation of terrestrial ecosystems has had detrimental effects on metapopulations of habitat specialists. Maculinea butterflies have been particularly affected because of their specialized lifecycles, requiring both specific food-plants and host-ants. However, the interaction between dispersal, effective population size, and long-term genetic erosion of these endangered butterflies remains unknown. Using non-destructive sampling, we investigated the genetic diversity of the last extant… CONTINUE READING
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